I read these reports with interest. I have been in training with Primerica for the last few months, studying to take my insurance test, been on several appts with my rvp/trainer. All was going pretty well until I heard a new line about how to get a promotion. Like there is only a few days until the first half I worked for is null and void, that is, of course until I recruit 3 more people.
Feels like arm twisting to me. And pulling the rug out from under me. I have experienced that in my life, and I am starting to smell rat. I have done everything that has been told to me. This includes a conference in another state that cost me $400. I was told, “If you do everything we tell you, you will succeed at this business”
It is not as if I haven’t been trying to recruit acquaintances these last few months, I have. I bring them to the opportunity nites. I talk to them. I have even had a few friends buy their term and refinan. I have really tried to be the good new recruit. Now I am seeing something else.
I am glad for the deflation of vision I am experiencing, because this is causing me to ask questions of those who know me, my temperment and something about sales. This is causing me to read these reports and for the most part, the poorly written rebuttals in favor of Primerica’s recruitment tactics.
If this business is supposed to be about people, and ‘pushing up people’, I have not been convinced by what I have seen in response to the effort I have put in, all for no pay as of yet.
No less than a week ago, I was congratulated for the minimum of premium I generated for my trainer, now I hear, ‘can’t rest there, if you don’t recruit three people in the next two weeks, you lose the points for the premium.’
I truly am at an impasse. Shall I bust my buns and work over three unsuspecting people to get at a larger earning level to make sense of the time I spend in this business? Shall I back out? I have earned only half of my original investment. Shall I wait and see what else I can see and analyze so I can ask more intelligent questions?
I have wondered why I have had the following thoughts upon leaving the weekly opportunity meetings these last eight consecutive weeks, meetings that are the same illustrations and video week after week so repetitive I could memorize it. I have thought:”Intelligent, deeper thinking people would never go for this” or “the ones who will be interested will be somewhat desperate and will be willling to pay the 199 for a dream that is vague and may really not fit them.” or “I wouldn’t want to get my best friend hooked into this, or my children or my neighbors” or “this kind of hammering over and over, with little concern about the real lives of these people involved, could really change one’s personality in a way one may really regret”.
At this point I am really disillusioned…my bubble has popped, the honeymoon is over. I do think it hypocritical that we tout Citigroup/bank when they make their money through usury the same as the others. I do think it sad when I read C’s account (Midwest, Ill) about the loan offered him/her that was no savings. I am sad when I think about my close friends that signed for such a loan.
I think it is a good criticism to say from one report that we try to do too much and have too little real training in financial analysis to really be good at it.
The emphasis is always the same, “Recruit, recruit…get your clients signed up for term.. etc, etc. ” I do think we lead people on to imagine a life without their spouse or child and imagine we will never want to work again, or can’t or something so we try to replace a lifetime of salary, whew! Do most people just quit earning after a spouse’s death?
Here I am, not even licensed and dissing my company…here I am confused and disillusioned. I have heard that the business world is a cutthroat world. Is this an example, I wonder?
I am glad for some of what I learned. I don’t want to move foward now, I want to consider other options.